Remember when Nintendo was dead in the water? The dark ages of the Wii U seem like ancient history now that we’re in the Switch Renaissance! The Switch has already notched 10 million sales worldwide, putting it on pace to blow by the 13.5 million Wii U units they sold all-time. This week, the Switch passed another auspicious milestone — with 4.8 million units sold in the U.S. after 10 months, the Switch is the fastest selling console ever within that amount of time.
OK, so it’s a cherry-picked number. Still, it’s a significant one — the Wii sold 4 million units in that stretch of time, and it went on to sell over 100 million before it was discontinued. That’s a great sign for the Switch, even if the comparison isn’t necessarily apples to apples. With the Switch functioning as both home and handheld console, it’s possible some gamers who would have opted for something in the 3DS line sprung for the Switch, instead. And, early numbers don’t always portend success — the Wii U sold 400,000 in its first week, not all that far behind what the Wii and Switch did in their first weeks.
All those caveats aside, with a great concept and even better games, the Switch looks poised to continue its hot streak for the foreseeable future. But, can it push its way into the pantheon of all-time greats? Here are the home consoles it needs to beat to end up number one.